A database tracks decertified cops, and some in Johnson County want to require police agencies to check it

A bill sponsored by Kansas state Sen. Cindy Holscher of Overland Park would require law enforcement agencies in Kansas to check a free international database that tracks police officers that have lost their licenses due to misconduct, though agencies would still be free to hire whoever they want. File image.

Although there’s a free database of decertified cops available, few law enforcement agencies in Kansas are using it to vet their hires, according to the national nonprofit that maintains it.

Only 38 agencies out of 371 in the state use a database that lists officers whose certification has been revoked for misconduct, according to a list compiled by the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training, or IADLEST.